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UK Home Secretary supports phone service that protects women as they walk home

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has expressed her support towards a phone service in the UK that’s aimed at protecting women as they walk home.

The service has received support following the outcry caused by the murder of Sarah Everard.

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According to a spokeswoman from the Home Office, a letter from BT CEO Philip Jansen has proposed that the emergency number be used to allow vulnerable individuals to have their journeys tracked and an alert triggered if they fail to return home in time.

Stating that the Home Office received the letter and will respond in due course, the spokeswoman said, “As set out in our strategy earlier this year, we need a whole of society approach to tackling Violence against Women and Girls and welcome joint working between the private sector and Government.”

According to the Daily Mail, the “walk me home” service could be in operation by Christmas and will potentially use the number 888 with the ability to summon police.

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Jansen said that the idea came to him as he was filled with “outrage and disgust” following the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa.

He stated that the system will use similar technology to Uber and Google Maps and will allow the phone user to opt-in to a “remote-tracking mechanism”.

If an individual doesn’t return home in an expected time, it would trigger an alert, with the user’s named emergency contacts raising the alarm with police if the user’s whereabouts or safety could not be established.

IMAGE – Richard Townsend/”Vigil for Sarah Everard in Sheffield” by Tim Dennell Licenced by CC BY 2.0

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